Deschooling Society () is a critical discourse on education as practised in modern economies. It is a book that brought Ivan Illich to public attention. Deschooling Society: Ivan Illich: In Deschooling Society (), his best-known and most influential book, Illich articulated his highly radical ideas about. School is the advertising agency which makes you believe that you need the society as it is.”.

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This critique applies equally to both the so-called developed and the developing nations but in different ways. The alternative of free deschooing of learning where people seek out teachers elders and partners peers offers a dialectical approach to learning and approaches the issue of technology as a medium of facilitating learning.

School is an even more outrageous one. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Indeed, such tests seem pretty common — but only if the candidates have also passed the exam results hurdle.

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For a time the worlds of hope in the face of inexorable fate and expectations — that ivaj can manage our destinies through institutions — kept each other in balance.

At several points, Illich sociwty to describe systems that would enable independent, self-directed, peer-to-peer learning and comes up with essentially a pre-digital internet: Moreover, open source software and Wikipedia demonstrate that learning and creation can thrive outside private monopolies. In fact, I systematically do better in exams than class work. I realize he was writing during a time when many people believed capitalism would be overthrown, so i give him some leeway on this, but his solutions are incredibly myopic.

Do charter school opponents really think our public school system is distributing resources equitably? The nation-state has adopted it, drafting all citizens into a graded curriculum leading to sequential diplomas not unlike the initiation rituals and hieratic promotions of former times.

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Illich posited self-directed education, supported by intentional social relations in fluid informal arrangements. Schooled as a priest he became anathema to both dsschooling left and the right of the Catholic Church.

To have my life long feelings about school be so beautifully articulated in a book, was affirming, exhilarating,mind blowing, and life ivann. The yearly expenditure per pupil in the slums and in the rich suburbs of any one of twenty U.


And everywhere it develops the habit of self-defeating consumption of services and alienating production, the tolerance for institutional dependence and the recognition of institutional rankings. Jan 06, Michael Nielsen rated it it was amazing Shelves: H2O and the Waters of Forgetfulness extends this project illicch a history of “stuff. Hence it could have been different.

Deschooling Society by Ivan Illich Marion Socitey Publishers,Paperback Ivan Illich was one of the most visionary political and social thinkers of the twentieth century. But this institutional wisdom is itself the product of schools because sound common sense tells us that only children can be taught in school.

Deschooling Society

I agree with Illich that practical tests of typing, for example are more useful to vet candidates suitability for a job than exam results. The legislation he calls for would permit the kinds of free association which he seeks; such as voucher schemes which enable people to select their own education or legislation to outlaw discrimination in favour of educational credentials.

He seems to have done this to draw useful analogies, but when I don’t know the societyy references in the first place, it’s hard for me to glean anything useful from the mush of Greek names. Deschooling Society by Ivan Illich. Jun 04, Petter Nordal rated it did not like it. Education is the means by which these societies get sucked into the consumerist way of doing things.

The division of teaching, instructing, curriculum vs learning, acquiring skills in a free environment bring to the fore the issue of institutionalization and reproduction and maintenance of society’s myths as well as the cycle of production and consumption sustained and rein The book offers an excellent critique of modern educational practices and the folly of assuming that injecting greater resources into the educational system will lead to more learning, knowledge or education for that matter.

And this early alienation is more serious than labour alienation. First they are productive, then they become counter-productive and they become ends rather than means. Nov 16, Szerdahelyi Laszlo rated it really liked deschoolinv.

In terms of school Illich criticises the system which offers a packaged education and awards credentials for the successful consumption of the packages. The Alphabetization of the Popular Mind carries Illich’s project forward into the area of literacy, as does his most recent book, In the Vineyard of the Text We lean on this institutional framework, but in illlch so we give up many of our freedoms, including our freedom to think — and do — for ourselves.

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So technology could yet undermine the school system and encourage a much freer model of learning, albeit in a manner that in Illich could not hope to foresee.

Chapter 7 Rebirth of Epimethean Man Illich contrasts a world which pre-dated classical Greece, a world of hope, with the world of classical Greece wherein man learned to build and fit into institutions which delivered predictable results, a world of managed expectations.

Chapter 5 Irrational consistencies A key theme in this work is the criticism of the idea that learning is the result of teaching. Schools also manufacture demand. For Illich, then, schools offer something other than learning. In these essays, I will show that the institutionalization of values leads inevitably to physical pollution, social polarization, and psychological impotence: In this new relationship he seems a model for a new synthesis which allows technology but which also does so in a balanced way which also allows human beings relating with each other and the earth.

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He notes that rigorous drill instruction can be a very effective way of learning a new skill; such as leaning how to speak a new language. They have become wary of the myths of the majority: As a historical artifact, this work was published inwhen for a brief glorious moment it seemed like the Counterculture would triumph, and that all the corrupt and evil institutions of a rotten society would crumble to be replaced by a new dawn met people where they were.

The absurdities of what Illich would call credentialed education were recently highlighted by a story in the press about a Youth Programme in Bury giving youngsters a certificate from the awarding body AQQ for catching a bus.